The Iowa Review

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The Iowa Review  
DisciplineLiterary journal
Edited byHarilaos Stecopoulos
Publication details
University of Iowa (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Iowa Rev.
OCLC no.1234380

The Iowa Review is an American literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews.

History and profile[edit]

Founded in 1970,[1] Iowa Review is issued three times a year, during the months of April, August, and December.[2] Originally, it was released on a quarterly basis. This frequency of publication lasted until its fourteenth year. It is published at The University of Iowa in Iowa City. According to former editor David Hamilton, The Iowa Review has a circulation of about 3,000, of which 1,000-1,500 are distributed to major bookstore chains.[3]

The reading period for unsolicited submissions occurs between September and November, whereas contest submissions for the Iowa Review Awards are read in January.[4] In addition to space dedicated in the December issue to the Iowa Review Awards winners, the magazine has recently featured work from The University of Iowa's biannual NonfictioNow conference and from writers in The University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Past issues have also been dedicated to topics such as fiction from Israel and Palestine (11.1), contemporary women writers (12.2/3), and an homage to Ezra Pound (15.1). According to the magazine's website, "We select most of our content from the several thousand unsolicited manuscripts that arrive each year from throughout the country and abroad."[5] Several of these pieces are selected each year for awards and anthologies: recent selections include Susan Perabo's short story "Shelter" (39.1) for The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses, 2011 edition, Eula Biss's essay "Time and Distance Overcome" (38.1) and Carolyne Wright's poem "This dream the world is having about itself..." (38.2) for The Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses, 2010 edition; Patricia Hampl's essay "The Dark Art of Description" (38.1), selected by Mary Oliver for The Best American Essays 2009; and Stephen Dunn's "Where He Found Himself" (36.2), in Best American Poetry 2007.[6]


As of Winter 2017/18:[7]

  • Editor: Harilaos Stecopoulos
  • Managing Editor: Lynne Nugent
  • Deputy Managing Editor: Kate Conlow
  • Senior Editors: Hugh Ferrer, John D'Agata, Nick Twemlow
  • Fiction Editor: David Ye
  • Nonfiction Editor: Dylan Cooley
  • Poetry Editor: Devon Walker-Figueroa
  • Webmaster: Lauren Haldeman
  • Type Composition: Pocket Knife Press
  • Interns: Harrison Cook, Morgan Jones
  • Editorial Board: Loren Glass, Ed Folsom, Adalaide Morris, Horace Porter, Christopher Merrill, Lan Samantha Chang, and John D. Freyer
  • Contributing Editors: Cole Swensen, Jenny Boully, John Freeman, Robin Hemley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Yiyun Li, Tom Lutz, Dora Malech, Ben Marcus, Khaled Mattawa, Vanessa Place, Russell Scott Valentino, Wendy S. Walters, Jan Weissmiller
  • Editor-at-Large: Evan James
  • Editor Emeritus: David Hamilton

Distinguished Past Contributors[edit]

Iowa Review Awards[edit]

Each year, beginning with 2003 (33.3), the magazine presents the Iowa Review Award to contest winners in fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction. Outside judges name the winners, who each receive $1,500 and are published, along with some finalists, in the magazine's December issue.[8] Recent winners include Terrance Manning, Jr. (Nonfiction, 2017), Catherine Cafferty (Poetry, 2017), and Laura Kolbe (Fiction, 2017).[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazine". EWR. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
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  3. ^ Clair, Christopher. "A Legacy of Literature." The University of Iowa Spectator. Spring 2009.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)"About the Iowa Review" Web page at The Iowa Review Web site, accessed February 5, 2007
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-05-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)"Masthead" Web page at The Iowa Review Web site
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